Alibi V.25 No.21 • May 26-June 1, 2016 

Show Up!

The World at One’s Fingertips

Wake up to wisdom or concerts

Brooklyn-born hip-hop at Low Spirits, local indie rocanrol at Burt’s, the acid rap of Esham and Built to Fucking Spill at Launchpad, plus Sumac and friends bring the noise to Sister.
Courtesy of the Artist


Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …